canine diabetes, your veterinarian has discussed with you the treatment your dog needs. A diabetes diet - dog-friendly of course! - is part of treatment to help make sure your dog gets proper nutrition and keeps him at an optimal weight (or helps him lose weight, if need be).
Some of the things to consider with a diabetes diet for dogs include:
It is possible to add a fiber supplement instead to your dog's regular diet. You can also feed less if you're trying to cut down on the calories your dog consumes, although it's sometimes easier to feed the dog the same amount he's used to but of a lower-calorie food. This way he doesn't feel deprived because he's consuming a smaller volume of food. Ask your vet for suggestions.
Likewise, if your dog is underweight it's probably not appropriate to feed a higher-fiber diet. Your vet may recommend that your dog be placed on a special diet until he is at a healthy weight once again.
The goal is to balance the largest increase in blood sugar (which occurs right after the dog has eaten), with the insulin dosage (which works to lower blood sugar). This will help to avoid big fluctuations in your dog's blood sugar levels.
Most dogs with diabetes are fed several smaller meals throughout the day.
A diabetes diet for dogs is an important part of the treatment regimen for a diabetic dog. It may take some time at first to figure out what works best, but be patient. Together you and your vet can figure it out and your dog can continue to lead a happy life.